It’s been a great week for getting caught up on spindle production. The weather in North Seattle is gray and wet. That means that shop time won’t be that pleasant. That’s OK. I have a handful of orders to sand, polish, and finish. I’m looking for a good source for Birdseye Maple and Tulipwood. Later today, I’m meeting up with a new client and we’re going to spin some yarn together.
Some of the most talented people in the world work in complete anonymity. If they are lucky after death somebody discovers their work and it becomes something of value. A professional should receive re numeration for their work and money too! Ha! How do you make the necessary connections with a qualified customer? What Is Your Brand? For years I was a general furniture maker. I built a large number of beds, tables and cupboards. I was a furniture maker with very little identity in a tow...
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Last night I left off with some stubborn japanning still on the plane, but with most of the lose crud and japanning stripped. Tonight I started off by attacking the last remnants of the japanning with some Zinssner stripper (somebody asked, so here is a picture of what I used) It was pretty aggressive with the japanning the first time around, but the stubborn spots really didn’t seem to want to come off. I had to go to town with a brass brush to get things clean, but eventually al...
Lately I have found myself needing to make large 42 to 50 inch cuts in plywood panels, however my table saw only had a 36 inch cutting capacity, so I started looking at new saw’s. After awhile I decided I really could not afford the saw I wanted so I stated looking for an alternative and then craigslist offered the solution. Someone was selling a 52 inch BIESEMEYER fence for a good price so I grabbed it. After a couple hours in the shop setting it up on my saw (Ridgid 3650) I am happ...
What a great program. You can see it at www.newyankee.com. Norm makes a candle table and he uses very basic power tools like most of us have. Hurry, a new episode will be put up on Saturday. I did not realize how much he used Shopsmith tools in the early days. His drill press. his belt sander and his lathe are clearly Shopsmith. I think (but I am not certain) that his bandsaw is also a Shopsmith. I swear that I enjoy these old episodes of the NYW more than I enjoyed the mo...
Well, I got a chance to work in my shop during the week and was able to make the doors to the display case. I added a 1/4” deep rabbet that is 1/2” wide on the inside of the doors so I can insert the glass. My next step is to order the glass and add the french cleat for hanging, give it a light sanding, then paint a gloss black and add the felt to the inside and the rest of the hardware.Wish me luck!
One can buy a device that detects a drain on your electrical circuit (because you just started up the TS or whatever) and turns on the Dust Collector. However, all of the devices that I know of, power the DC from the same circuit that is powering your tool. Does anyone know of a device that would detect a drain on circuit A and turn on the DC that is powered from circuit B? I’m not very knowledgeable about electrical circuits but I wonder if one could made such a device. It ...
I like my job. I like it every day. Today was the sprinkles on top of a double chocolate cup cake. If every day is good, then aren’t they all the same, and by definition average. Well today, wasn’t average, it was good with sprinkles. I woke up and from the moment I started zipping around the World Wide Web, it just seemed that things were getting done. And they were. It wore me out. I can’t describe how tired I am. I am sure there is a measurement, some sort of meter or barome...
Just had to add my own free wood gloat. Last fall a friend of a friend decided to clean out his workshop. My friend called me and asked if I was interested. I couldn’t get there fast enough. We loaded up in my truck and hit the road. Let me say first I thought I might get 2 or 3 boards out of this trip but decided what the heck. We get there and talk to the guy and he’s decided he doesn’t have the room for everything he had and we started loading my truck up. And kept loadin...
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